Happy 2016 to you all! I hope that you had a great celebration to welcome in the new year. Around here we had a subdued evening with some food (but of course!), hung out and even finished a cool DIY project in our 'almost done' basement which we have been renovating for over a year now. It's been a big process but Brad and I are over the moon happy with the results. I'll be posting some DIY projects and some pics on the basement soon.
As I look over my blog stats for 2015 I'm happy about how things have gone. I was fairly successful with my Book Challenge in 2015 where I accomplished 30 out of the 40 challenges that I set for myself. There's always room for improvement and I liked that I pushed myself to read books that I may have overlooked in the past. I have set a new goal for 2016 on my GoodReads page (103 books to beat my 2015 challenge of 101 books in a year). Quality over quantity though. You won't find me choosing books based on a low page count!
For a quick reference here are some of the highest rated books that I read in 2015. Just click on the title to take you to my spoiler-free reviews.
The Secret Life of Anna Blanc by Jennifer Kincheloe
Duet for Three Hands by Tess Thompson
Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica
Skylark by Ruthie Morgan
My Sister's Grave by Robert Dugoni
The Lake House by Kate Morton
A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman
Rebel Queen by Michelle Moran
Nerdy Birdyby Aaron Reynolds
El Deafo by Cece Bell
The Canning Kitchen by Amy Bronee
My recipe posts still get a lot of traffic too but it seems like sometimes the oldies are still the goodies. My most popular recipe posts continue to be some of my older posts which still get quite a lot of action on a daily basis. For a quick reference here are some of my most popular recipe posts of all time ....
Greek Chicken Marinade (it's always my top blog post!!)
Bacon Chicken Ranch Pasta
Spicy Basa Fillets
Peaches and Cream Dessert
Overnight French Toast Bake
Moist Rhubarb Cake
Thanks to all of the authors and publishers who have given me the chance to read and honestly review their books. I truly appreciate being given the opportunity to read up and coming books and to share them with my readers.
And a huge THANK YOU to my dear blog readers who continue to come back and read my reviews, recipes and general blathering. Your support and comments on my posts mean the world to me.
Wishing you and yours a fabulous 2016!!